The winter coats are out of the closet and we can’t waitfor NYC to glitter with snow. Take in the city at itsmost beautiful at these year-round rooftop spots.
200 Fifth Ave.
An Alpine winter hideaway is taking over Eataly’s Birreria rooftop for the winter. Inspired by the lodges of Italy’s mountain resorts, the cuisine will be hearty, northern fare — think antipasti of wild buckwheat and polenta with Fontina and salted anchovies, or bread and spinach dumplings with sage butter, accompanied by several kinds of grappas (brandy made from the grape byproducts of winemaking), mulled wine and warm cocktails. It’s open for apres-ski untilmid-March.
160 N. 12th St., Williamsburg
Sit on a striped pouffe and bask in the modern French aesthetic of the McCarren Hotel’s reimagined rooftop lounge while sipping from the champagne-focused drinks list. The retractable roof will keep you warm up on the eighth floor as you gather around New England favorites like a dozen Fisher Island oysters in a kaffir lime mignonette and pretend winter isn’t happening for an hour or two.
63 W. 38th St.
Voted the country's best rooftop bar by USA Today readers over the summer, the Refinery Hotel's crowning jewel is well equipped to handle the cold weather, too. The rustic and industrial-chic space becomes even more inviting when you add hot cocktails and a crackling fireplace beneath the retractable glass roof, so you can drink beneath the city's most romantic spot, the Empire State Building.
The Rooftop at Hotel Chantelle
92 Ludlow St.
Brunchers know and love this place, which remains a year-round French paradise thanks to the retractable glass roof. Cocktails cost a shocking 92 cents until 5 p.m. on the weekends, so take the hair of the dog approach to your hangover recovery while heaping on the crepes and enjoying live jazz. Two tips: It's closed on Mondays, and you'll want to make a reservation.
Kimoto RooftopBeer Garden
216 Duffield St., Brooklyn
Our wish for a more casual experience in the sky was answered this fall with Kimoto, sitting 25 stories above downtown Brooklyn. For winter, the terrace has been enclosed and heated for comfortably enjoying the huge selection of Asian brews and American fusion bites (Spam Sushi Dog, anyone?) Though beer is the star, the cocktail menu is not an afterthought — Dave Danger (Jeffrey’s Grocery) is putting Asian spirits like Japanese whiskey and shochu to work.
8-08 Queens Plaza South, Queens
Settle in for the best view of Midtown from across the East River on the rooftop of the Ravel Hotel. The massive 8,000-square-foot patio has been zipped up in clear vinyl, so the views remain without the brisk winds off the water, and space heaters will keep all 220 seats warm. The Pacific Rim-style menu will remind you of summer’s sunny beaches with dishes like jumbo prawns marinated in chili jam and pineapple fried rice.